Personal Assistant Employer's Handbook

Basic information about what you need to know if you are considering using Option 1 - a Direct Payment becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer

Being a PA employer

Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer, by choosing Option 1 a direct payment, gives you maximum flexibility to tailor your support to your lifestyle and needs. However you should be aware that, the responsibilities that come with being a PA employer are also greater. You will be responsible for managing the money in your budget, including paying your employee's wages and making Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, but you can pay a local support organisation or an accountant to help you with this.

When you are deciding to recruit staff you will be supported by your social/care worker, and if you wish a local support organisation and where appropriate the person making decisions on your behalf:

  • to agree the care you need and how this may be achieved
  • to put in place all the recommended stages in the recruitment processes
  • to provide appropriate targeted advice and training on roles and responsibilities

For most employers, employing one or more PA is a positive and empowering experience. However, it also involves some important responsibilities.

You should make sure you get the right information and support, act on it and get in touch with people or organisations who can support you if you are unsure about something.

You can get the support you need from other PA employers, disabled peoples' organisations, centres for inclusive living and other support organisations. See the Useful Contacts section for more information.



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